2020

Webinar on Industry Perspective On-Campus Hiring

Mr. Abhijith M K, Global Business Head, Utthunga technologies, delivered a Webinar on the topic ‘Industry perspective on-campus hiring’ on December 12, 2020. Mr. Abhijit M K discussed the need for skill requirements in different professions and importance of being industry ready. Further, Mr. Abhijith discussed on how one must practically apply the theoretical concepts and understanding in the real-world scenario. The speaker touched upon how the students can be industry-ready through internship or apprenticeship, or through short duration real-time projects and looking beyond the syllabus. Mr. Abhijith concluded the session by highlighted the reasons for the skill gap like lack of confidence in leading and managing people, over delegating work to others, and failing to contribute in a practical world.

International E-Conference on “Adapting to the new business normal - The way ahead”

For several years Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Institute for Management Development (SDMIMD) has been organizing multiple international conferences every year. Keeping the COVID-19 situation in mind, SDMIMD organized the first International e-conference on “Adapting to the new business normal- The way ahead”, on 3-4 December 2020.
 
Welcoming the participants, Dr. N. R. Parasuraman, Director, SDMIMD, spoke on the challenges and opportunities on doing business in the pandemic era and released the Conference Proceeding CD. Dr. Mousumi Sengupta, the Conference Chair, briefed the participants about the objective of the conference and emphasized on the need to get virtually connected, for the purpose of collaborative research.
 
During his keynote address, eminent international academician, and researcher, Dr. Moez Bennouri, the Director of the MSc Programs, Montpellier Business School, France, spoke on the issue of female leadership in organizations. In the context of Corporate Governance in the current business scenario, he emphasized on the significance of the involvement of female leaders at the top management level.
 
The keynote was followed by paper presentation session. More than 100 participants and paper presenters have taken part in the conference. Papers have been presented in different tracks grouped under Marketing, Finance, HRM, Economics, Operations, Analytics, and IT.
 
In a panel discussion on “Adapting to the new business normal” distinguished corporate personalities, such as, Mr Ravikumar, Head – HR, Feedback Consulting; Mr Hemant Galagali, Associate Director – Enterprise Digital Strategy, IQVIA Inc; and, Mr Divakar Gupta, Global Product Manager, Expedia; shared their experiences on the various challenges at work, in the present time. They emphasized on several strategic decisions, companies need to make, to cater to the new normal business context. Dr. Sugant, Professor, SDMIMD acted as moderator, during the panel discussion.
 
During the valedictory session, Mr. Anujeet Varadkar, CEO, Svatantra Microfinance, delivered the address and spoke on the importance of microfinance in the Indian economy. He highlighted the issues, which are typically faced by microfinance companies.

Webinar by Dr Sandhya G. Krishnan of Congnizant

Dr Sandhya G Krishnan, Global Head of Millennial Council for Innovation Transformation and Global Diversity, Cognizant Technology Solutions, was the invited speaker for the webinar scheduled on October 23, 2020, on the topic ‘Aligning functional and behaviour skills for career development’ for the PGDM and PGCM 2020 Batch. 

Invited talk on Workplace Learning and Development

Mr. Sreejith Pilassery, Country General Manager, India & South Asia, Horizontal Talent; and Ms. Satabdi Deb, Corporate Trainer, are the invited speakers for the Webinar on the topic ‘Workplace Learning and Development’ on August 26, 2020. 
 
Mr. Sreejith introduced the ‘Horizontal Talent’ and ‘Horizontal Digital’ to the audience. The speaker threw light on how to become an infinite player with clear purpose and commitment who works on self-development, accept changes, and grow to become successful. With relevant examples of companies like Walmart, Apple, Tata, and the reasons for their triumph in today’s world. Further, the speaker described the ‘Golden Circle’ of Simon Sinek by explaining what, how, and why a person becomes successful. Another speaker for the day Ms. Shatabdi shared her understandings about success and discussed the high learning curve and great confidence. Ms Shatabdi spoke on the importance to seek knowledge and being a strong-minded person.
 
This session anchored by the course instructor of Workplace Learning and Development (WLD) Course Prof. L. Gandhi, Faculty – OB/HR, SDMIMD. Students from the HR Specialization attend the virtual invited talk and participated in the Q&A session.